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typically a year. deals are available for about a week. right now groupon getaway deals are mostly for hotels, but the group plans to offer airline tickets and rental cars in the coming weeks. in the day ahead, several restaurant chains plan to announce healthier menu options for kids. burger king, chili's, ihop, and more than a dozen others will add more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low fat dairy items. they will all have less fat, sugar, and sodium. this is all part of a push by the national restaurant association to offer healthier foods for kids. >> good idea. stay with us now. "news 4 today" continues right now at 5:00 a.m. early morning mess. what happened overnight that shut down the beltway. good morning. welcome back to "news 4 today."
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i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. it is wednesday, july 13th, 2011. as we take a look outside, already the heat is on. a lot of places pushing up into the 80 degree area. tom kierein is here to say that relief is coming. it's so close. >> yes, indeed. we're welcoming it with open arms, and they're wondering how late we are open. we are open 24/7. bring it on. it is going to be moving in ter today. we'll have our temperatures again pretty hot later this afternoon. right now it is just a warm and a rather muggy morning. we have a partly cloudy sky, 82 now at reagan national. it is near 80 right by the bay. away from the waters, closer to washington and prince george's county, it's in the low 70s as well as in montgomery and fairfax counties. arlington county right now around 80 degrees. throughout most of the region, we are in the 70s although it has dipped into the 60s in the mountains of western maryland and west virginia. we do have a few clouds drifting in ahead of the front that is triggering a few showers up near cleveland, erie, pennsylvania. that is coming down to the south and east.
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we'll have this sky brightening as the morning goes. that's a live picture now from the city camera. by 9:00, we'll be in the mid-80s. by noontime, near 90. we ought to hit the mid-90s by midafternoon. not quite as hot as yesterday and a little less humid. late afternoon, we could get storms around, and they may linger into the evening. i'll show you the night planner in about ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? >> it is looking great. i love this time of morning. if i could travel this time of morning and not have to get up early, it would be a wonderful thing. but you have to get up early to make the roads look this good. check this out in d.c. right now. this is "h" street and second. let's check out the beltway in maryland. the american legion bridge is clear. all the roadways are open as you make your way around heading into virginia. braddock road is clear as well. i'll be back in ten minutes with a look at your rays. back to you, joe. traffic is finally flowing again on the beltway in the
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tyson's corner area after downed power lines shut down the highway completely in both directions for several hours overnight. the problem, though, is not completely resolved. news 4's tracee wilkins is live in tyson's with more on what's ahead. good morning, tracee. >> good morning, joe. it's not completely resolved because, although they have the power lines up out of the highway, they have to do a more permanent job of making sure they don't have issues with those lines later on. let me show you what it looked like just a while ago. it was a major backup on the beltway. they had the beltway shut down in both directions between route 7 and 66. you had to get onto route 7 or 66 to get around this mess earlier this morning. we're told a construction crane that belonged to a contractor doing some hot lanes work actually brought down that power line onto the beltway 1:30 this morning. that's when they decided to shut it in both directions so they could at least get a temporary fix going. they do have the lines off of the beltway. according to a dominion power
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spokesman, they have to come back and fix that and do a permanent fix later on. so for now there are some folks who are without power. 174 customers are impacted by this. they live in vienna and also oakton and falls church. if you know folks in the area, and they're in the dark right now, that would be why. they're hoping to get power up for these folks in the next hour. the good news is the beltway is completely open now. it could have been a big mess, it looks like we avoided a lot of mess this morning. i'm tracee wilkins live in tyson's corner. back to you in the studio, joe. >> thanks very much, tracee. today one of the men arrested during a protest calling for d.c. statehood will have his day in court. keith silver is expected to stand trial on misdemeanor charges. the ward 6 commissioner is accused of disorderly conduct and blocking passage for his actions during the april demonstration. mayor vincent gray and other city leaders were also arrested during that protest. silver's supporters are planning a rally outside the courthouse
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today. meanwhile, a house committee will debate today on legislation that will dictate in part how the district can spend its money. the house committee on rules will consider the 2012 d.c. appropriations bill. another house committee approved an appropriations bill last month that includes few spending restrictions. d.c. delegate eleanor holmes norton warns the upcoming floor debate on the bill could lead to additional restrictions or riders. for the fourth time in as many days, congressional leaders will return to the white house. for the first time, there's a new proposal on the table. senator mitch mcconnell outlined deals that would give the president authority to raise the debt limit on his own in three separate installments over the next 18 months. he would also propose spending cuts that would equal the size of the increases. neither the house nor democratic leaders have said whether they will accept this new plan, and as president obama pushes for a much larger deal, he is warning, if nothing happens, social security checks could be at
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risk. >> i cannot guarantee that those checks go out on august 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue. >> our president thinks that he's got to condition any prescription to fix these programs on tax increases. again, if that's what he's looking for, we're not going there. >> lawmakers have 20 days until the august 2nd deadline but only about a week left to secure a deal and enough time to allow it to pass through congress before the nation defaults. this morning two teenagers are in the hospital after they were hit while crossing the street to get to a festival. we brought you this story as breaking news last night at 11:00. this happened on richie highway and early heights road in severna park, maryland. they were walking to the early heights festival. crews airlifted the 17-year-old girl and the 18-year-old young man to baltimore shock trauma in critical condition. investigators tell us the teens were not in a crosswalk. the car that hit them did stay on the scene. d.c. council member tommy wells will return to work this
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morning stripped of his committee chairmanship after a surprise political shake-up. kwame brown took away the chairmanship of the transportation committee yesterday from the ward 6 council member. many are calling it political payback by brown. wells wrote a scathing report last september criticizing brown for using political money to lease two luxury suvs. brown says he wasn't punishing anyone and that he just wanted to make the council more productive. >> in using your power and your influential within the council. >> if so, why don't you just say that? it would be so obvious. >> because i don't believe that that's all the way necessarily true, tom. i do understand it could seem that way, but that's not the intent or anything like that. >> wells tweeted reaction to the surprising change throughout the evening. he said that he was, quote, impressed i had no support from my colleagues today, but chair can make council member lives miserable. he also said he wouldn't do anything different. and ended the night with some
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positive thoughts, "so back to work in the a.m. we are in a great city at an amazing time. together we will make magic." 5:07 right now. meanwhile a proposal to let the d.c. government distribute guns is off the table for now. council member phil mendelson withdrew that bill yesterday. it would allow the government to operate as a temporary gun dealer. there's been a temporary ban on guns in d.c. since the district's sole dealer lost his lease and closed up shop earlier this year. mayor vincent gray's administration is working with charles sykes to find a new location for his business. if he doesn't find a new location, mendelson will reintroduce that bill. coming up, it may be hard to swallow. who says the old adage about eight glasses
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time for weather and traffic on the ones early this wednesday morning. good morning. i'm meteorologist tom kierein. for this 13th day of july, starting off with 82 degrees in washington. right near the bay, it's near 80. elsewhere, low and mid-70s under a partly cloudy sky throughout much of the region. there's the first light of dawn over capitol hill. and we have that sky partly cloudy now. and we'll stay this way through the morning hours. high clouds drifting in.
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by noontime, ought to be near 90, though. and maybe into the low to mid-90s for a brief time midafternoon. some drier air begins to push in, a weak cool front coming in by late afternoon. that may trigger isolated storms. about a 30% chance of that around 5:00 all the way until 8:00 this evening. here's your night planner. by late evening, by midnight, down into the mid-70s and partly cloudy. a look at fresh changes on the way for thursday, friday, and the weekend. and we'll look into next week too. that will be in about ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? still looking good so far. i am seeing commuters get on the roadways and make their way. no major delays as of yet. this is in maryland, i-270. the tail lights going away from us, that's that 270 south traffic. nothing significant at this time. you can see that there are a lot of commuters on the roadway right now. i want to show you 395. 395, you are clear from the beltway as you make your way over the 14th street bridge, which is clear as well. a look at our rails.
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so far metro and vre are looking good. however, that marc penn south train number 401 has an early morning delay of 11 minutes. i'll be back in about ten minutes with another update. joe and aaron? >> danella, thank you. coming up on 5:13. ahead, the changes fans will notice at fedex
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good morning. welcome back. in the day ahead, the body of former first lady betty ford will lie in repose at the gerald ford museum in michigan. ford's body will head to michigan for another private service before burial. her final resting place will be with her husband at the ford museum.
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yesterday a memorial service was held in palm desert, california. she was remembered for her outspoken support of women's rights and for her legacy of helping those with substance abuse problems. happening today, roger clemens' perjury trial will finally begin. this morning we're learning a little more about the jury that will decide his fate. it is dominated by women. there are ten women and only two men. prosecutors say the former star pitcher lied under oath three years ago when he told members of congress that he never used performance enhancing drugs during his stellar career. clemens faces up to 30 years in prison if he's convicted. today congress will discuss new rules for phone companies that would block extra fees from being tacked on to your monthly bill. it's called phone cramming. it's been targeting land line users for years, but now it's also affecting cell phone users. the practice adds fees for services that phone users never agreed to or authorized, and it costs americans millions every year. the fcc wants to require phone companies to tell customers how to block the charges and require
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them to separate additional charges on monthly bills. it will apparently be the white house or retirement for ron paul. the longtime texas congressman says he will not run for re-election to the house of representatives so he can concentrate on his run for president. paul says the growing support he's received for his 2012 presidential campaign has convinced him he should focus solely on his white house bid. he won a straw poll at the republican leadership conference last month. the 75-year-old has served in congress for 24 years now. now to the race for a u.s. senator in virginia. it appears that democrat tim kaine holds a sizable lead over republican george allen, at least when it comes to fund-raising. politico reports that allen raised $1.1 million over the last three months, and that is just half of what kaine raised during the same period. allen's team is downplaying the significance of the disparity. they claim the majority of their donors are from virginia while
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kaine's contributors tend to come from out of state. the u.s. women's soccer team will try to keep its magical ride going today in the women's world cup. the u.s. takes on france in the semifinals. that game starts at noon. the team is coming off one of the most thrilling games in u.s. soccer history, a win over brazil in the quarterfinals. amy wombach scored to tie the game with just minutes left. and prince george's county's ellie krieger scored in the penalty minutes to give the u.s. a big victory. gone. did anyone tell him the home run derby is over? milwaukee brewer prince fielder launched a ball to centerfield to give the national league the lead and ultimately the momentum to win their second straight all-star game. the american league jumped on top early with a shot from red sox player adrian gonzalez, who was in last night's home run derby finals. but that's the only offense.
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the n.l. pitching would allow, including the nationals reliever tyler clifford who only pitched to one batter in the fourth inning. had a lot of hits, but somehow he got the win anyway. the home to the burgundy and gold is getting a little greener. the redskins are installing solar panels in the fedex field parking lot. the team says the panels will generate enough electricity to power some of the game on game days. the panels could also power fedex field for the rest of the week. it could be completed by the start of the 2011 season, if there is a 2011 season. metro apologizing for delays and inconvenience caused by the heat wave. it got so hot metro says some of the metal tracks expanded. when that happens, the rail loses its alignment. as a precaution, red line trains from silver spring to takoma park were forced to share a single track. that caused delays up to 15 minutes. crews spent the night trying to reset the rails back to their
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proper alignment. just about 5:21 now. time again for another look at weather and traffic together on the ones. >> tom kierein is here with that forecast. you can see that dawn there. it's coming up. the sun will be rising in about 30 minutes. right now at 5:21 we have temperatures around the region rather muggy this morning. right now in washington we're in the low 80s as well as right near the bay. elsewhere on the eastern shore, they're in the low and mid-70s. farther to our west and north, way out in the mountains of west virginia, western maryland, it's in the mid and upper 60s there. closer to washington, around the shenandoah valley, weather watchers reporting low 70s there and a few clouds coming through. in fairfax county, arlington county, low 70s. arlington county is near 80. prince george's county, low to mid-70s, as is montgomery county. dawn under way. look at that gorgeous, iridescent pink sunrise over capitol hill. off in the distance, it's prince george's county. by 9:00, we'll be in the mid-80s. it's going to be a rather humid
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day and not quite as hot as yesterday. low to mid-90s by noontime midafternoon. then drier air beginning to arrive by late afternoon into the evening hours. here's your night planner from 5:00 all the way until about 7:00. we might get a passing thunderstorm. after that, partly cloudy. we'll be down to the 70s by midnight. by dawn tomorrow into the 60s. tomorrow mid-80s, a great day with low humidity, lots of sun. on friday, not very humid. afternoon highs mid-80s and more of the same on saturday. there's a small chance of a storm mainly west of washington on saturday. here's the extended outlook sunday, monday, tuesday. getting more humid sunday and monday. then a chance of storms around. highs in the low to mid-90s. danella, how's traffic? let's start out with a look at our rails. metro, vre looking good. marc, we still have a delay on penn south. this is train number 401. now the delay is ten minutes. our roadways are looking pretty good. let's take a live look.
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local roads in montgomery county, you're looking good as well as prince george's county. i'm checking for you. so far no incidents to report. as we head down, this is penn and 14th in d.c.. d.c., your local roadways are looking good as well. good commute for you with no incidents to report. and 95 north, this is the party part because everyone is making their commute this morning heading north at pohick road. so far, no delays. joe, back to you. >> thanks very much, danella. heads up if you're taking the inner loop of the beltway through greenbelt in the coming weeks. several lanes will be closed at kenilworth avenue at the bridge. a single lane closing at 8:00 p.m. and three lanes closing by 10:00. all lanes will be open in time for the morning commute, we're told. the closures will take place on week nights for several coming weeks. you could also run into trouble on new hampshire avenue in silver spring after the morning rush. lanes will be closed between
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9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at adelphi road as crews build an additional lane on new hampshire. there will also be additional lane closures overnight. that project should be completed next spring. in the day ahead, several restaurant chains plan to offer healthier menu options for children. burger king, chili's, ihop, and more than a dozen others will add more fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low fat dairy items. they'll have less fat, less sugar, and less sodium. it's all part of a push by the national restaurant association to offer healthier foods for children. we've all been told to drink plenty of water a day, but just how much is the question now. a report in the british medical journal found that drinking the recommended six to eight glasses could be bad for your health. researchers say drinking water when you're not thirsty could affect your concentration and drinking excessive amounts of water could damage your kidneys.
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and chemicals used to disinfect bottled water can be bad for your health too. today is the second day a bridal boutique in upper marlboro, maryland, is giving away free wedding dresses. couture miss bridal is opening its doors to those marrying servicemen. it's part of an organization called brides across america. the group supports military brides and their families. good for them. nice gesture. the time right now is 5:25. the president revealing some impressive fund-raising results. also, why social security recipients could be the real
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for eun yang. welcome to "news 4 today" on this wednesday, july 13th. the sun comes up, and we can look at that sky and anticipate the forecast is improving and going to look nice just like that picture. >> that is very pretty. >> gorgeous turquoise waters of the potomac reflecting that sunrise this morning. around our region, it is still rather humid. good morning. i'm meteorologist tom kierein. right now a rather muggy 82 in washington. right near the bay we're near 80 degrees. away from the waters, it's near 70 throughout much of southern maryland. prince george's county is near 70. so's montgomery and fairfax counties. arlington county in the upper 70s now. it's in the 70s throughout most of the region, except far western maryland, some of the highlands of west virginia. they have dipped down into the 60s. we'll have our sunrise here in about 25 minutes. sunrise this morning is at 5:54. and by 9:00 we'll be in the mid-80s and partly cloudy and a partly cloudy day, near 90 by noontime. ought to peak in the mid-90s by
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the afternoon. then drier air beginning to push in from the west. lower humidity as it does push in may trigger an isolated thunderstorm late this afternoon. there's about a 30% chance of that. only a very small chance that any storms would produce any damaging winds. that would be late this afternoon into this evening. a look at your night planner in about ten minutes at 5:41. joe? >> thanks very much, tom. we have good news if you take the beltway through tyson's corner on your way to work today. 495 is open again. it was closed in both directions, both the outer loop and inner loop for hours overnight because of power lines that were torn down by accidents. the issue, though, is apparently far from resolved. news 4's tracee wilkins is live from tyson's with a look at that. >> reporter: good morning. it's not quite resolved because we have a temporary repair. they got the power lines off of the highway, but they still need to come back and do a more permanent repair. virginia dominion is saying they're going to do that at a time of day that won't impact rush hour traffic, and it most
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likely won't be today. the beltway is moving just fine. let me show you what it looked like just a while ago. major backups as folks were trying to be diverted onto either route 7 or route 66. they had to shut down the beltway in both directions after a truck with a crane brought down a power line. that truck belonged to a contractor working with the hot lanes project. the power lines were lying there in the middle of the highway. that's why they decided to close the beltway to give some space and time to lift those power lines off of the beltway and temporarily pull and tighten them up so that people can go ahead and drive on. we've seen this happen before, and it can be a big mess. the good news, in this situation, they were able to get the highway opened again just shortly after 4:30 in the morning. there's still a few people who don't have power. 174 who live in veienna, oakton
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and falls church. >> thank you very much. danella, let's look at the other traffic. so far it's good news on the beltway. but let me show you i-270. as you make your way from 109, i am seeing tail lights come to a stop. a little volume from 109 past the truck way station. but i-270 south in maryland a little further down, the lanes open up, and it's a smooth ride. i-95 in virginia at the rest area, i am seeing a little volume heading north on 95. it's no significant volume and no accidents. your lanes are clear. as we shoot over to 66 at sully road. 66 east, i am seeing some traffic coming your way. however, nothing significant for you at this time as well. aaron, back to you. >> thanks, danella. 5:32 right now. with rhetoric at a high, congressional leaders will return to the white house to try to hash out a debt limit deal. this time there's a new proposal on the deal, but this also comes
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with a new warning from president obama. nbc's kristen dahlgren joins us live from capitol hill this morning with more on this increasingly complicated debate. >> reporter: good morning, aaron. things are getting more contentious, more personal, and still no closer to an agreement. this will be the fourth straight day of talks at the white house this afternoon. and that after a dire warning from the president that social security, medicare, veterans, and disability checks may not get mailed. some 70 million checks may not go out if they're not able to reach some type of agreement by that august 2nd deadline. house speaker john boehner called this a veiled threat and called it the president's problem. michig mitch mcconnell offered another deal that the president could raise the debt limit if he offered spending cuts through
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2012, which would be after the election. they don't think they'll reach any deal in office. things growing a lot more heated as they head back to the table at 4:00 this afternoon. back to you. >> kristen dahlgren on capitol hill for us. kristen, thanks. >> reporte fed chairman ben bernanke will be on the hill today to remind leaders that failure to raise the debt ceiling will cause a great deal of harm. lawmakers are expected to fire back. democrats will likely demand the fed do something to spur job growth while republicans are expected to question the fed's role in high energy and food prices. new from overnight, president barack obama and the democratic party raised more than $86 million for his re-election campaign over the past three months. his campaign manager just made that announcement. the president has a large fund-raising lead over republicans heading into the 2012 campaign. the former massachusetts governor mitt romney has raised about $35 million.
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today one of the men arrested during a protest calling for d.c. statehood will have his day in court. keith silver is expected to stand trial on misdemeanor charges. the ward 6 advisory neighborhood commissioner is accused of disorderly conduct and blocking passage for his actions during an april demonstration. mayor vincent gray and other city leaders also arrested during that protest. silver's supporters are planning a rally outside the courthouse today. 5:35 is the time. new fallout from the now defunct tabloid newspaper at the center of that phone hacking scandal in britain. the british house of commons reportedly will call on rupert murdoch's news corporation to withdraw its bid to take over broadcaster b sky b. murdoch is expected to testify to parliament tuesday. he shut down his tabloid "news of the world" last week amid allegations it hacked people's cell phones seeking information for stories that would appear in the paper. florida investigators
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looking into a witness tampering allegation in the casey anthony trial. the orange county sheriff would not say which witness, though. meanwhile, prosecutors decided against charging casey anthony's mother are perjury. cindy anthony initially told police she did not search for chloroform on the family computer, but at the trial she said she did. the jury found casey anthony not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter caylee. she is to be released from jail on sunday. 5:36 is your time right now. coming
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a huge thank you to all the men and women of nasa who worked on the shuttle the last three decades. >> elton john woke up the crew on board the international space station today. the crew today will unload supplies from the space shuttle "atlantis." they brought along about a year's worth of food and clothing. the 13-day mission is the last ever for nasa's space shuttle program. and now the space station is going to have all those boxes around everywhere for about a year, just trying to unpack those boxes. >> i know. get them some dressers or something so they can put that stuff somewhere. >> moving is always a hassle. coming up on 5:40 right now.
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we want to get a look at weather and traffic. we'll take a look outside, and you'll see a sunrise -- >> it's just really beautiful. >> it's awe-inspiring. >> the pinks and the blues there as the sun is getting ready to come up this morning. dawn here in the nation's capital. we have 79 degrees right now. here's tom to take a look at changes headed our way. >> sunrise in about 15 minutes. right now it is rather muggy. it's not quite as humid as yesterday but still rather humid. it's near 80 in washington and right by the bay. weather watchers reporting temperatures in the 70s throughout just about the entire region except on some of the highlands in west virginia, central shenandoah valley. it has dipped into the upper 60s there now as we are about 15 minutes or so away from dawn. we'll have a partly cloudy sky throughout the day, and we'll have some lower humidity beginning to push in but not until late afternoon and this evening. so another hot and humid day
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though not quite as hot as the other day. it may peak around 93, 94 or so. maybe mid-90s in a few isolated spots. overall, highs low 90s. that lower humidity does begin to push in late afternoon. it might trigger an isolated thunderstorm late this afternoon. there's only a very, very small chance that a storm would produce any damaging winds between about 5:00 and 8:00 this evening. then after that, they'll begin to cool down. by late evening down into the mid-70s. a look at those details. fresh change on the way for thursday and friday. a look at the weekend as well. that will be come up at 5:51. danella, how's traffic? so far we have a delay on the pen south. this is the marc train number 401. your delay went down, just ten minutes. i want to show you this 270. you're still slow as you head 270 south in maryland as you wake your way from 109 to the truck weigh station, you are
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going to see delays. new york avenue in d.c., i'm seeing some volume for you as you make your way from the times plant towards bladensburg road. 95 north at pohick road in the lorton area, i am seeing some traffic at this time. so far, you're still traveling at a good pace. back to you, tom. >> we'll take it. thanks, danella. our time right now is 5:42. consumers today have a legitimate concern about the chicken they eat.
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good morning and welcome back. the husband of a local city council member is accuseded of arresti molesting children at his own daughter's slumber party. 47-year-old michael gardner is
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married to falls church councilwoman robin gardner. three girls testified yesterday that he touched them inappropriately during separate sleepovers at his home. gardner is the father of 10-year-old twins. he is out on bond now, but he cannot go to his home or have contact with his children. this morning a family in hay market, virginia, is thankful to have their dog back. cricket went missing after a car crash that killed one of her owners. the 3-year-old dog was in a crate in the back of the carjack and charlotte perry were driving sunday afternoon. the couple crashed head on into a winnebago near shady oak lane. charlotte perry died, and somehow cricket escaped. the family said they're happy to have cricket back to deal with the pain of losing mrs. perry. there could be trouble finding money to pay for metro at extension of the dulles county airport. fairfax county said they won't pay more for the project unless virginia puts up more money for
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it. they raised concerns one day after governor bob mcdonald said the state did not have plans to put any more money toward the project. the d.montgomery county council will meet to discuss a curfew for minors. it would ban minors from public places from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on week nights and the curfew would help at 12:01 a.m. on the weekends. it would help cut down on juvenile crimes like vandalism. most people we spoke with are in favor of this. >> i think the curfew is a good idea. there's no reason kids under 18 should be out past 11:00 p.m. on week nights or i midnight on the weekends. >> i had curfews when i was younger. so i think that's a good thing. >> the plan also says, if minors are caught out after hours, parents may have to attend a parenting class as punishment. it's going to be tougher to light up in montgomery county.
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the council approved a new smoking ban. beginning on august the 12th, smoking will not be allowed in the common areas of apartment buildings and townhouse complexes. that includes hallways, laundry rooms, and lobbies. smoking will also be banned within 25 feet of playgrounds on those public properties. the council says the measure is aimed at preventing secondhand smoke. those opposed to the bill say it's too intrusive. 5:48 now. building new homes has essentially been banned in a large part of prince george's county. concern was raised that residential growth had outpaced road improvement. originally it banned all buildings, but it was changed to allow commercial and home projects already under way. council passed this measure 8-1 yesterday. some council members feel, if roads can't handle residential traffic, it will be harder for police and fire services to do their jobs. d.c. council member tommy wells will return to work without a high profile committee position after a surprise political shake-up on the
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council. council chair kwame brown took away the chairmanship from the transportation committee from the ward 6 council member yesterday. many are calling it political payback by brown. wells wrote a scathing report last december criticizing brown for using political money to lease two luxury suvs. brown said he wasn't punishing anyone. he wanted to make the council more productive. >> it seems like you're consolidating your power and your influence within the council. >> if so, why don't you just say that? and it would be so obvious. >> i don't believe that's all the way necessarily true, tom. i do understand it could seem that way. that's not the intent or anything like that. >> wells tweeted reaction to the surprising change throughout the night. he said, he was "impressed i had no support from my colleagues today but the chair can make council member lives miserable." he also said he would not do anything different and ended the night with some positive thoughts. "so back to work in the a.m.
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we're in a great city at an amazing time. together we will make magic." meanwhile, a proposal to let the d.c. government distribute guns is off the table for now. council member phil mendelson withdrew the proposal yesterday. it would allow the district to operate as a temporary gun dealer. there's been a temporary ban on guns in d.c. since the sole dealer lost his lease and closed up shop earlier this year. mayor vincent gray's administration is working with charles sykes to find a location for his business. if he is not able to find a new location, mendelson says he will reintroduce the bill. several restaurant chains plan to announce healthier menu options for children. burger king, chili's, ihop, and more than a dozen others will add more vegetables, flutsruits lean proteins and less fats, sugar, and sodium. it's all part of a push by the national restaurant association to offer healthier foods for
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children. we have all heard that drinking plenty of water every day -- we've all heard you should drink plenty of water every day, but just how much is the question. a report in the british medical journal found that drinking the recommended six to eight glasses could be bad for your health. researchers say drinking water when you're not thirsty could cause problems and drinking excessive water could damage your kidneys. the chemicals used to disinfect bottled water could be bad for your health. a large brush fire broke out overnight in accokeek. it begin just about 5:00 this morning. we're told the fire is near barry road and manning road. the cause of the fire is being investigated and no buildings are being threatened right now. we do have a crew heading that way. we'll bring you an update as soon as we get it. it is 5:51 on this wednesday morning. kind of hard to believe we're already past 80 degrees in some places this early in the morning. it's still rather humid too,
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not quite as sweltering as yesterday. still quite a bit of humidity in the air on this wednesday morning, the 13th day of july. good morning. i'm meteorologist tom kierein. right now at reagan national, we are at 82 degrees. we're just a few minutes away from sunrise. the dewpoint's at 66. not quite as humid as yesterday. the dewpoints yesterday were up around 70 for a time. we have a breeze coming in out of the north-northwest at around 10 miles an hour. that is going to continue throughout the day and bring in some drier air, but it's still way off to our west now. more comfortable out in western maryland, much of west virginia. many locations there are in the mid and upper 60s. at around the shenandoah valley, upper 60s to around 70 degrees as well as around the blue ridge. farther to the east and parts of washington, up in the mid and upper 70s. right now leesburg at 77. closer to washington, generally most locations in fairfax and montgomery county around 70. also near 70 in prince george's county. southern maryland right near the bay, right near the waters, it
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is a warm morning there. temperatures there are right around 80 degrees. the radar is scanning the sky. no precipitation around the region yet. later today, the radar may be rather active with isolated storms coming in. already we're seeing these coming in across lake erie. along the front, the leading edge with a bit of showers across erie, pennsylvania, and across northern ohio. this is going to be coming down our way later today and giving us the possibility of a storm. there's the sun just about -- it is up now just coming up in about 30 seconds. and you can see the solar glow there on the eastern horizon. we will have our temperatures by noontime near 90. by midafternoon may get up to around 90, 95 degrees or so, in the low to mid-90s. and then an isolated storm is possible, about a 30% chance late afternoon. here's the night planner. sunset at 8:34. by then any storm should be done and will be down to near 80 degrees by 9:00. by midnight down into the
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mid-70s. by dawn on thursday into the low to mid-60s. so a fresh welcome change coming in tonight. we'll be in place by tomorrow. low humidity. highs mid-80s. more of the same on friday although maybe a few more clouds around as well as on saturday. a small chance of an isolated storm west of washington on saturday afternoon and evening. sunday, monday, into tuesday, getting more humid, a little bit hotter too. might get some storms tuesday. you can check the weather 24/7, weather channel on cable. here's a look at the traffic. good morning, danella. >> good morning. starting out in virginia, 95 north. i am seeing some delays as you head out of dale city and make your way towards lorton. i want to show you a live look. this is at lorton road right now. the lanes are filling up. so far you're still traveling at a good speed at this hour. and taking you down to d.c., i'm still seeing delays as you head on new york avenue. passing the times plant and making your way towards bladensburg road. i can tell you, as you head further down towards north cap, the lanes open up, and the ride gets a little better for you.
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shooting up to 270, this is 270 south at 109, your delays start at 109 and continue to the truck weigh station. and another look at the rails, metro, vre still good. and penn south the delay went down on train number 401. now your delay is only eight minutes. back to you, aaron and joe. >> thank you, danella. >> thanks, danella. heads up if you're taking the inner loop of the beltway through greenbelt late at night in the coming weeks. several lanes will be closed during the overnight hours at the kenilworth avenue bridge so crews can rebuild the roadway there on the beltway. as many as three lanes will be closed at a time with a single lane closing at 8:00 p.m. and three lanes closing at 10:00. all lanes will be open for the morning commute. the closures will take place on week nights for several coming weeks. >> you can also run into trouble along new hampshire avenue and silver spring after the morning rush. lanes are going to be closed between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at adelphi road as crews build an additional lane on new
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hampshire. there may also be closures overnight. it should be completed by next spring. a tlot of customers at a controversial movie rental fees. if you want unlimited access to both dvds and streaming movies online. the two services have to be bought separately for $7.99 apiece or $16 a month for both. that's about a 60% price hike. right now they only cost $9.99 combined. netflix says it's based on a steady demand of dvds by mail which right now only accounts for $2 of the subscription fee. the online site groupon is offering discounts to help you get away. the travel website joined expedia to offer groupon getaways. the deals offer discounts on hotels and tour packages. like other groupon deals, members can buy a travel voucher that can be redeemed within a certain time period, which is typically a year. deals are available for about a
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week. right now groupon getaways deals are mostly for hotels, but the company plans to offer airline tickets and rental cars over the coming weeks. by the way, living social, a groupon competitors is offering its own escapes for several months now. a sign of the times, another casualty of the electronic age. the treasury department is set to announce that banks will no longer sell paper savings bonds at the end of the year. after december 1st, you have to buy them electronically on the website. the shift away from paper to electronic will save the government $70 million over the last five years. the benefits to consumers, electronic bonds are less likely to be lost or stolen. and an electronic bond will likely be redeemed when it matures. fear not. if you still want a paper bond, you can still get them as long as you buy them with your tax refunds. >> interesting. people like to have that bond, though. >> they're great to give as gifts too. >> exactly. you have to give something, not electronically.
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